Richard Schittly

L’histoire vraie du gang des Lyonnais

The True Story of the Lyonnais Gang

February 4, 2021
Documentary
320 pages
140 × 222 mm
20,90 €
9782358876742
978-2-3588-7674-2

Collection “Document”

Richard Schittly, L’histoire vraie du gang des Lyonnais
Richard Schittly, L’histoire vraie du gang des Lyonnais

Internal struggles, criminal and police strategies, stalking, Richard Schittly in this unique book reveals the underside of this affair which upset the relationship between justice and police in France.

Cops against thugs: never in the history of French banditry has this eternal confrontation taken on such proportions. Between 1967 and 1974, the Lyonnais Gang totaled more than fifty hits, including a particularly mythical one: the theft of a billion dollars from the Strasbourg Post Office.
On the rogue side, the Lyonnais Gang has raised robbery to the rank of applied science. In this team, it is the detonating alchemy between the old, marked by the Algerian war, and the modern, coming out of a working class neighborhood in the suburbs of Lyon.
On the cop side, we experiment for the first time the break of microphones in the hiding places of the Lyonnais. The authorities set up an extraordinary mechanism to stop them with an operation that mobilized nine hundred civil servants. But these elusive bandits manage to slip through the net…

The author

Richard Schittly, a reporter for the “justice faits-divers” section of the daily Le Progrès de Lyon (France) and correspondent for Le Monde in Lyon, has worked with the survivors of this era. He also published Commissaire Neyret, reissued in paperback at La Manufacture de livres (2018).

Strong points

Re-edition with new layout of this out of print book, sold more than 8,000 copies.

The reference book on the famous criminals who inspired Olivier Marchal for his film, A Gang Story.

Cop and thug: a book that presents points of view alternately through lively and documented portraits.

February 4, 2021
Documentary
320 pages
140 × 222 mm
20,90 €
9782358876742
978-2-3588-7674-2

Collection “Document”